Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Breath of Spring . . .


It really hasn't been winter on the prairie for with temps in the 60s and no snow, it seems more like spring and although most of December is really fall, when the Christmas decorations are put away, I really am ready for winter to be done.

I yearn for Spring which is why I force hyacinths and why I always buy way too many paperwhite bulbs and why as soon as I can, I have a vase or two of forsythia somewhere in the house.

This year, I chose to put the forsythia in a pair of old cloisonné vases on the breakfast room sideboard.   With little birds on the shelf above that almost seem to be peeping through the forsythia, they echo the birds that visit our back garden.


My grandmother always called them yellow bells and I think that is a fitting name for these harbingers of spring.    

It's Sunday and I'm sharing my forsythia with The Tablescaper  for Seasonal Sundays.

17 comments:

The French Hutch said...

Forsythia is always a sign Spring is not so far away. I love the lovely color, yellow being my favorite. The forsythia looks beautiful in your cloisonne vases.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

~Emily
The French Hutch

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I hope my forsythia twigs bloom as well as yours. I worked in the garden Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. I brought in forsythia twigs. Any tips?? Or, do I just wait. Snow here right now. Back to winter for a little while.

Bookie said...

Your yellow bells are smashing...uplifting...oh my, is it time to force them? It seems early but then has been one crazy winter. My friend a few miles south says her daffodils are up five inches, that snow birds are singing, and we have seen the doves return already.

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
A walk~about in the yard this past week didn't show signs of Spring yet on our bushes; however the iris are coming up strong! I agree...we've had No winter weather! Spring is beginning to evolve indoors On Crooked Creek.
Your vases are exquisite! Thank you for sharing this lovely "hint of the Season" to come.
Fondly,
Pat

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I think it is time to bring my forsythia out of the basement.
We have to do some yard work done tomorrow, so maybe I better see about doing some cuttings?

Babs said...

Ohhh, my grandmother call Forsythia "yellow bells", too. I love Forsythia and usually force some branches, but they have started blooming and I haven't cut any. We did yard work today and pruned knock out roses and dug up the lantana to prepare beds for annuals. Thanks for sharing your beautiful Forsythia arrangements. Gorgeous vases and they look perfect on your sideboard.

lindaraxa said...

I peeked out the window this morning and I think I saw some daffodils about to bloom. What a crazy "winter"!

Southerncook said...

Your breath of Spring is just beautiful. We have azalea's blooming right now and that is early for us. I don't have any forsythia blooming yet but probably will soon. I enjoyed your post. {{{HUGS}}} BTW, got my computer back, YAH!!!!

Carolyn

Pondside said...

I think I'd better cut some forsythia tomorrow, first thing!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Oh..I can't believe you were able to get your forsythia to bloom so early (for us, at least). What a breath of fresh air that is! Thanks for sharing!

South Bay Studio said...

What a cozy looking home you have.
Like the reflections in the mirror behind the vase. Kathi

Stella said...

Such lovely flowers to welcome the return of Spring, Martha. I am looking at daffodils in our garden. They have arrived unbelievably early! Maybe Spring isn't too far away just now.

eileeninmd said...

Your forsythia is a cheery arrangement. I am so looking forward to spring and my flowers. Lovely photo, Happy Sunday!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Even though winter has been relatively mild here in Wisconsin also, I am so ready to see those yellow bells! They tell me when it's time to cut back the rose bushes :)

Pat's Pink Apron said...

It looks like a breath of spring there. Very pretty. Pat

Sarah said...

Wish I had some forsythia growing in my garden. I think I may just need to correct that! I did pick up a bunch at the grocery this week. They are such happy graceful blooms. I've never heard them called Yellow Bells. Thanks for sharing this beautiful vignette. ~ Sarah

The Tablescaper said...

I love forcing bulbs - it brings Spring out early. I'm so happy you brought this post to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper